WALK IN THEIR SHOES
We hurry through life, passing by people every day — but do we really see them? Slow down. Walk in their shoes. See the world through their eyes. I am convinced that if we did this — if we took the time to really listen — we could find something redeeming in people. We could bridge gaps. We could be challenged. We could be encouraged. We could find common ground. The life story of a stranger, no matter how seemingly ordinary or mundane, has the potential to inspire.
GET TO KNOW ME
My name is Samantha Snellings. I like telling stories and what makes people tick. What wakes them up in the morning. What gives them a sense of purpose. I want to be let in on their hopes and dreams. I want to understand their struggles. I refuse to live a mundane life where I simply go through the motions. I want to be a voice for the voiceless. I interned for senior White House reporter, John Gizzi, when I was 19 years old. My eyes were opened to the world of political reporting as I attended the daily White House press briefings with Mr. Gizzi and covered the Trump administration. I was born in the suburbs of Kansas City, but moved to Colorado when I was three. Snow days in May, hiking, exploring — who could ask for a more magical place to grow up? I checked something pretty incredible off of my bucket list during the summer of 2019 — watching the President of the United States take off in Marine One from the lawn of the White House. I have always loved fashion. Studying abroad in Florence, Italy and being exposed to some of the most beautiful styles in the world was a dream come true. I love exploring my Colorado backyard. I love reading. Favorite books: The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis and Defiant Joy by Stasi Eldredge. I remember sitting on my dad’s lap as we drove down rural roads in Kansas, blasting Drive for Daddy Gene by Alan Jackson.
My feet couldn’t reach the pedals, but luckily Dad was a little bit taller than me and I just had to focus on gripping my little hands on the steering wheel.
One of my favorite things to do in Colorado? Wake up before the world does and drive to Red Rocks Amphitheater to see the sun make its first appearance of the day. Exploring Florence, Italy — the city that I called home for five months.
CHECK OUT MY WORK
I interned for senior White House reporter, John Gizzi, after my freshman year of college. Interviewing 2020 presidential candidate, Senator Bernie Sanders. Interviewing 2020 presidential candidate, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez’s responses to my questions were aired on Fox News, CNN, and NBC and were written about by various outlets. Covering the Iran resistance rally in Washington, D.C. in June 2019. Protestors marched in solidarity with the Iranian resistance and called for regime change in Iran.